On September 11, I submitted a letter to the editor in an effort to hopefully keep emotion out of the incorporation issue. Specifically I said in part.
“No matter how members think they feel on the issue (pro or con), I urge everyone to keep an open mind, attend the town hall meetings, ask questions and then decide based on facts—not emotion.
This is too important on an issue for our community to do anything less. I for one have no opinion until I hear a presentation of the facts.”
I truly respect the time those on the Incorporation Committee dedicated to help us work through the issue as well as their motives.
Unfortunately, the Committee’s “Final Report” gave us little help in developing an informed decision.
Compounding this problem was that the format the Committee set for the Town Hall meeting was not helpful. Attempts to warn the Committee against refusing to take questions were ignored.
This clearly contributed to some of the predicted anger. The basis for model chosen was unexplained, confusing, and facts were hard to come by.
In short, we are no closer to being able to make an informed decision than we were before the Town Hall meeting. In fact the “Report” and the meeting itself may have even set us back a bit.
Based on the reported emails to The Vista and The Vista’s account of the October 24 Board meeting, it seems that emotion is now threatening to once again take over the issue. A decision based on emotion is not an informed decision.
Because of the importance of this issue to the future of our community, we simply cannot allow this to happen.
At this point, I want to cite the last paragraph of the Committee’s “Final Report” in which the Committee itself fully acknowledges that much more work has yet to be done and defers completing this task to the Board. This paragraph states as follows:
“ In closing, the Committee wants to convey its strong and unanimous opinion that the members of the Community Club should be educated regarding the pros and cons of proceeding with incorporation so that they may be able to make an informed decision and that they have an opportunity to voice that opinion.
As to how that is achieved, the Committee defers to the Board.
Deciding the next step is now in the hands of the Board. Its fiduciary duty to ALL members remains unchecked.
This duty includes exploring a process for fact gathering and presentation. In this process, the Board must continue with its proper posture of neutrality.
Patience is urged because this may take awhile — perhaps several months. Let’s now all be respectful and give the Board space to do its work. This is what we elect them to do.
Time is NOT of the essence in bringing this important issue to a factually decided close.
185 Berkshire Loop
One issue that no one I have spoken to can address is:
Should we incorporate, will our Community Club dissolve along with our dues? Or, will our Club and our dues continue on top of and in addition to new city taxes?
None of the articles, editorials, etc. have addressed this critical economic issue. Why not?
And, it is time to eliminate the dog and pony show that occurs each time our Board convenes a “commnunity discussion”.
Free but responsible interaction is required in order to reach a solution that is best for us.
No more pre-printed questions.
Fairfield Glade resident